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Robert D. Wright by unidentified photographer
Creator: Wright, Robert D. (1909-1981) Collection Date: 1928-1974 Extent: 28 linear feet
Robert D. Wright was born in Manasha, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. and M.A. in 1933 from the University of Wisconsin and his M.D. in 1935 from Washington University in St. Louis. Wright completed his internship and residency in St. Louis from 1936 to 1937, and in 1938 he began his long career as a public health officer. In 1951, he began a second career in academia, being named professor and chairman of the department of social and environmental medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 1963, he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health as professor of international health, a position he held until he was accorded emeritus status in 1979. During his early years at Johns Hopkins (1963-1968), Wright simultaneously held the post of professor of community health at the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria. He was widely regarded as a champion of educational programs in international health.
The Robert D. Wright Collection spans his entire career. It contains family and professional correspondence, manuscripts, lecture notes, clippings, reports, reprints, and radio and television scripts for health broadcasts. This collection mainly documents Wright’s career as professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and his tenure at the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria.
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